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| I realy loved GW. I thought the Econ department was great, and I felt like I learned a lot. After Freshman year when the class sizes became smaller I enjoyed the University even more. The access to internships and events in DC was unparalleled and I feel like I was surrounded by a lot of smart students from all over the country. (Don't get me wrong there are a fair amount of spoiled NY/NJers who have little to add to the world in general, but they are out numbered.) New Engineering and Science investment (200 million dollar building, new Professors) should be great for the future. Overall, great school that gave me a fun and challenging four years and allowed me to graduate with a good job in my field, very happy with GW. |
|Apr 18 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| I was first 100% interested in University of Michigan, but I ended up being wait listed, so I came go G-Dub. I thought it might be a letdown, but the city is completely and totally busy 24/7. There is ALWAYS stuff to do Thursday-Sunday. I didn't expect clubs to be so huge, but they are, and I can't say its the greatest thing in the world. While frats are my preferred social scene, the club does come up once a month or so, and there is usually a cover. It's not huge, but it's annoying, and cabs are a hassle. |
There's an excellent 4-Ride service, which as a at-your-service taxi system that the school has, COMPLETELY free, which is amazing. Sometimes they take a while to arrive, but its the best, especially since i'm stingy. The metro will become a close friend - it is imperative to getting around unless you're a billionaire and can afford taxis when you want to go to a concert or something off campus.
Greek life is pretty large. I'm in the class of 2015, and this year, more than 400 females went greek, and I'm telling you, its probably all the attractive ones. If you're even CONSIDERING going greek, you should rush. You can always drop after-the-fact. Greek life is a big part of campus social life, and it's definitely something you'll want for your disposal. I'm in a sorority, and i think my social life is much better than my GDI friends.
The food is amazing. There is a ton of around-campus dining, Thai places, Indian places, sandwich places, good delis... you name it. You might think that the variety and just overall awesomeness of the food will make you get super fat... you're wrong. If you're a girl and are at all conscientious about your weight, you will be surrounded by 80% of the female student body who has an eating disorder. I am begin truthful here in saying that girls get so stupid about their weight and it will probably make you to go sweet green (salad shop) more than the kabob truck.
The gym is absolutely amazing. I did sports all throughout high school, but didn't want to be a varsity athlete/probably wouldn't have made the cut anyways... so a good way to keep active is by signing up for Lerner's group fitness pass. It's 80$ a semester but it lets you go to any group fitness class you want. There's pilates, spinning, zumba, meditation, kickboxing, core classes, and aerobic classes.. you name it. The facilities are amazing, and the instructors kick ass.
One word of advice: LIVE IN THURSTON.
An even more important word of advice: DO NOT LIVE ON THE MT VERNON CAMPUS (it is a shuttle ride away and most people there are weird, or in the women's learning program, in which case most of them are cool but they're stuck there)
Thurston is actually the best thing in the world. It got #2 college party dorm by US News & World Report. I cannot begin to tell you how many people I've deeply connected with on a given Friday 2am. The hall proctors are the shit. They have no ability to report wrongdoing or drinking - they literally are not allowed. They make you cookies before you go out and every thursday people give out free pizza as to prevent a total influx of vomit that night.
Another word of advice: do not smoke in thurston... its always a bad move. go somewhere else.Overall, I'm glad I came to GW. The people are generally cool, and the student body is highly diverse. Sure, there's the rep that most people are billionaires, and sure, some people are... but obviously those are the ones that are going to stick out loud & proud. There are a bunch of cool people all over campus and I can't think of any kind of person that wouldn't enjoy spending 4 years here.
|Dec 14 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| My first semester at THE george washington university made me seriously rethink my trust in the goodness of humanity. SNOBBERY IS NOT DEAD. i grew up in san francisco at a private school populated by big wineheads and film offspring and spent years of high school in paris, PARIS! the land of snobbery yet was unprepared for the new heights and extravagant leaps that the gwu student body has reached. people walk around seriously contemplating what they would do if their parents had not already set them up for life. would they marry for money? How would they be able to pay for their botox and future cosmetic surguries?? (legit eavesdropping conversation i heard near gelman library) people drop $1000 a night at josephines, a local club populated by disgusting GW girls in $15,000 heels, for a table. Girls wail down the hall after realizing they've over-charged daddies credit card by 3 grand. This is excess at its prime. these kids have never had to do anything for themselves in their lives and revel knowing they never will. |
I came to GW because i thought the environment woudl be amazing. the Elliott school is one of the best regarded international affairs programs in the country and boasts huge speakers, i saw colin powell, albright, christopher and kisinger all in the same day this past semester, but DON'T BE FOOLED! PLEASE be wary. I thought the stimulating environment of dc would procure a student body equally as motivated and inspired by the politics, the culture, the history that weâ€™re living literally 2 blocks from the white house.but i was so so so wrong. no one does anything here. there's no creativity, no spark, no interest, no individuality, no music, no side projects, no hidden talents. conversations are started by asking where you went last weekend, what clubs, what bar, who you fucked. classes are never discussed, no conversation goes deeper than how many shots you took, how much money you spent, etc etc.
i've never been a straight edge kid or anything. i smoke a lotta weed, i looove to have a good time but i measure my happiness by quality not quantity of wasted opportunities and fake friends.
GWU is a wanna-be ivy that east coasters can send their wasp/jap fuck up kiddies who did waaaay too much cocaine in high school without being embarrassed at their cocktail parties with their friends, pay off the admin. with the full enrollment and get our little princess into a respectable institution that cranks out braindead politicians looking to make the next big buck off of someone else's ideas.
this school is ridiculous and if you make the mistake of going, get out as fast as you can. you'll be on the fasttrack towards mid-life crisis in nooo time. this isn't an education, but preparation for a career and a life that you haven't even had time to think about. there is no learning that goes on here, only stealthy cheating..kids paying other kids over $500 to take final exams is common place and almost encouraged by the lack of teacher/student relationships and compelte negligence on the teachers part. they don't give a fuck about you, you're a student, they work at gwu for the connections, not for the rewarding wonderful life as a teacher.
no one cares about you and UPD wants every slutty girl carted off to the hospital in their EMERGE truck. be careful! don't stumble into thurston fucked up and stupid in high heels you WILL be breathalized, lay down on a stretcher and carted away in a symbolic homage to the poor decision in coming to this school in the first place.
You can find your niche, but I like to think of a niche as a nice way of saying you found the other kids that canâ€™t. fucking. Stand it.
|Dec 31 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |